Section 48 of the revised Infectious Diseases Act

This important information is intended specially for the students in the Degree Programme in Nursing at Arcada

Before the first practical training students enrolled in Social and Health care are required to check their vaccinations and get the Tuberculous risk assessment done by the school nurse.

Section 48 of the revised Infectious Diseases Act governs the immunity of students participating in practical training and the aim is to improve the safety of both patients and the students. This section will apply from 1 March 2018 and your practical training locations are required by law to check your suitability. A student at the degree programme in Nursing will not be permitted to begin practical training if vaccinations are not in order and the nurse hasn’t checked the risk of tuberculosis. Your practical training period may be cancelled if your suitability cannot be confirmed.

All staff members and students working at health care and social services units need to get vaccinated against influenza every year and must be protected against measles and varicella, through either vaccination or a personal history of the disease. Those caring for children aged under 1 year must also be vaccinated against pertussis

Check your vaccination status

Book an appointment with the school nurse before your first practical work placement training for to checking your vaccinations are fine. Remember to discuss about the risk of Tuberculous Infection. 

Booking an appointment 

  • You are able to meet the Arcadas nurses in the Open Service every day 12.00-13.00 
  • Vaccine Wednesday without booking every Wednesday 12.00-15.30 

or you can always book an appointment beforehand. 

You will find more info about the booking and contact information of the nurses here.

Please try to find your childhood Vaccine Card in addition to the information about your latest vaccinations before the appointment. You can get information about your vaccines from your Health Station of the city you have lived mainly. 

You can check your vaccination status using the attached self-assessment form below. Fill the form and contact the Nurse of Arcada straight away to book an appointment. If you are not fully vaccinated or you are not sure about your vaccine history the nurse will give you the vaccinations needed.

Please print this form and fill it as well as you can. 

Vaccinations Clinic for Students at Mechelininkatu 46 

Every Monday & Tuesday 8.15-11 and 12-15.15.

As a student, you can use the centralized vaccine service at Mechelininkatu. You can get all the basic vaccinations and the vaccine documents from there. Use the service especially in case Arcada’s nurse is not available.

Address: Mechelininkatu 46, 4th Floor. Entrance through A-door elevator.

Opening hours at Mechelininkatu: 
Every Monday & Tuesday 8.15-11 and 12-15.15. You do not need to book an appointment. 

You will need a document confirming immunity for the diseases listed below

MMR (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella):

Check that you have 2 doses of MMR vaccine or that you have had measles/mumps/rubella. If you do not have evidence of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella, talk with the nurse about getting vaccinated. Vaccinations are free of charge.

If you are unsure if have you been vaccinated, you should first try to find your vaccination records and then contact the nurse.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

Check that you have an immunity for chickenpox. If you have not had chickenpox, you will need varicella vaccines x 2.
DT (Tetanus, diphtheria).

Check the date of your last Tetanus, diphtheria vaccine.  

Tdap  (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)

You need this vaccination if you are going to work or practice with children under the age of 1 )

B-hepatitis (3 doses)

Vaccine is offered to all nursing students. Medical and dentistry students are entitled to free vaccinations against hepatitis B. You will be given separate information on the practical aspects of getting vaccinated.

Flu (Influenza) vaccine

The vaccine will be free of charge and available for all social, health care, and medical care personnel.

You need yearly vaccinations if you are studying/working in social and health care.

After meeting nurse, please take a copy about the filled Vaccine Form so you can show the same paper to the next Practical Training too. 

Get the Tuberculous risk assessment done

Who is at risk of tuberculosis? You might be at risk of TB infection:

  • If you  were born in a country  where there is an increased risk of Tuberculosis infection (f.ex. countries in Africa, Asia)
  • If you have been around people with active TB  or have treated patients with tuberculosis in any country
  • If you have lived at least 12 months or worked in healthcare for at least 3 months in a country with a very high incidence of tuberculosis

Please contact the school nurse immediately in any of the above cases or if your first practical training is starting soon.

Please fill in the form "vaccination förhandsuppgifter" before coming to the appointment of the nurse.